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WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. senators, including North Dakota Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, are pushing to put more federal railroad inspectors in the field.

Boosting inspector numbers — which haven’t grown in the Bakken region even as oil production and crude-by-rail traffic has boomed — has become a top priority for federal officials and lawmakers after a year marked by several high profile crude oil accidents on railroads.

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Kyle Potter
Kyle Potter is an enterprise reporter at the Forum. He came to Fargo-Moorhead in May 2013 after stints at the Associated Press, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Daily. 
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